Redbridge Looking To Motor
Redbridge FC fan Adam Dennehey returns to Under The League, looking for the bright side to The Motormen’s slow start to the Isthmian Division One North season.
With any group of players new to a division, there will always be a period of ‘adaption’ which they will need to undergo to get used to the standard needed to not only compete but to succeed against the opposition.
Adaption is certainly a word that Redbridge’s latest young squad are going to have to do in order for them to turn things round after a poor start to the season. It was always going to be difficult for our joint-managers Steve Portway and Del Robinson, but after a good start to the season – a 2-1 win at Romford – things haven’t gone to plan since.
Then again, they have an incredibly young team to work with. Only 2-3 players at best have Ryman League experience and the average age of our squad must be pushing 19-20 years old, so bearing that in mind losing 4/5 of our games so far this season doesn’t come that much of a surprise – when you consider there are teams with a lot more experience than us.
Of course it hasn’t been nice to ship goals. Then again from the three games that I have seen of us this season, we aren’t really doing much wrong. It’s just the so-called %’s of the game that we are getting wrong, those little mistakes in games that often go un-noticed (positioning, tracking back, first touch, back-line, etc) that at the moment are just not going our way and the teams that we have played so far have taken full advantage of.
From speaking to both Portway and Robinson, I can tell that they will work as hard as they can to get the side back to winning ways and will no doubt be telling the lads that they will need to learn quickly if they want to do well at this level. Mind you it’s not as if the lads haven’t been putting in the effort.
They have been trying their hardest to try and get the side back into games and get consolation strikes. That though has left us slightly vulnerable on the back. Lessons though are there to be learned in football and whilst you don’t want to make mistakes full-stop in a season, you would rather have them early on, so you can learn from them and bounce back.
I am not going to panic just yet. Soham Town Rangers at home this weekend is a winnable game and as I have said to our fans and people that I know in/around the Ryman League, with young players a win can make all the difference for them. It can get their confidence back and build momentum. So hopefully that’s what we will get on Saturday and #teamnogutsnoglory can get back to winning ways.